O Magazine Staff Favorite Things 2011
We praise the music, words, flavors, rituals, and ideas that made our lives a little richer this year.
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the December 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
"Every Sunday at 9 A.M., a group of swimmers gather on Maui's south shore. First they assemble for a photo on the beach. Then it's 500 yards offshore to a stunning underwater arch—and more photos, often upside down. And then onward, two to three miles around a lava rock point (home to nasty currents, occasional surf, and a resident shark named Bruce), past a nude beach, to the long stretch of pristine sand that marks Makena, or Big Beach. Then, back.
Along this route they'll encounter sea turtles, eagle rays, eels, and the Hawaiian state fish: humuhumunukunukuapua'a (humuhumu for short). There is no place I would rather be than in this blue cathedral, among this pink-capped group, watching the light play through the water. It is my favorite place, and time, on this Earth."
—Susan Casey, O editor in chief